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Bureau Veritas joins Blue Visby Consortium to support decarbonisation in shipping

31 Jan 2023

Classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) on Monday (23 January) announced its participation in the Blue Visby Consortium to support the shipping industry’s pathways to decarbonise. 

BV said as industrywide mandates to decarbonize continue to increase, shipping practices must adapt quickly, and long-held practices are now difficult to justify and maintain. 

One such method, known as “sail fast then wait (SFTW),” can lead to significant additional fuel consumption and hence GHG emissions that can be reduced. 

“The Blue Visby Solution seeks to end SFTW through an integrated approach that consists of technology, a contractual architecture, and a sharing mechanism that would encourage adoption,” BV said. 

“The solution focuses on the ocean passage of a group of ships sailing to the same destination and optimises their scheduling in an effort to help decarbonise the maritime industry. These changes have the potential to considerably reduce total GHG emissions and more holistically reduce the overall environmental footprint of the shipping industry. Stakeholders can reduce speeds while maintaining market capacity by dynamically and systemically coordinating arrival at the anchorage by reference to the conditions at the port.”

BV added its participation in the consortium will open an exchange of information while leveraging their respective areas of expertise. 

“Bureau Veritas is committed to sharing its particular knowledge, expertise, and experience to conduct impact assessment studies to identify fuel consumption trends, their effect on the environment, and how this innovative project can impact each,” it concluded. 


Photo credit: Chris Pagan on Unsplash
Published: 31 January, 2023

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